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"He’s All Right"
Benjamin Harrison campaign song
©Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Mary Harrison McKee's Inaugural Gown

First Lady 1889 to 1893
Mary McKee wore this elaborate Victorian gown to her father's inaugural ball in 1889. In accordance with President Benjamin Harrison's economic philosophy of supporting home-based manufacturing, the gown was intentionally all-American. Indiana artist Mary Williamson designed the fabric pattern, and the Logan Silk Co. of Auburn, NY, wove the brocaded fabric. The fabric of the gown incorporates a pattern of goldenrod--President Harrison's favorite flower.

Made by William Ghormley, New York, NY
Gift of Benjamin Harrison McKee and Mary McKee Reisinger, 1945
Mary McKee (1858-1930)

Learn more!
· Mary Harrison McKee (1858-1930)
· Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-third President, 1889-93
· "He’s All Right," Benjamin Harrison campaign song
· The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden - An NMAH Virtual Exhibition

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